Tuesday, April 04, 2006
I'm preparing a lecture/demonstration for a conference at Interlochen College of the Arts (in Interlochen, Michigan) at the end of April. The subject is my work integrating text and music. I've done different things: live computer processing, converting spoken word into pitches & rhythms (using computer, or chamber ensemble.) I've written "songs," and various types of sound poetry, but my main interest has been is in setting spoken word. Singing can obscure speech rhythms and pitch contours.
My usual technique when writing for instruments is to transcribe a naturalistic performance of the text into musical notation and then use that rhythmic material to create instrumental parts.
Here are three examples. The first two are pieces I wrote for arraymusic, for chamber ensemble and reciter. One is here and here.
The second uses one of my poems (Psalm) with the vocalist chanting on a single pitch. I don't usually use singers singing (especially those from the classical vocal tradition) but this was an experiment. I've also used oboe, flute, and French horn. It can be found at the amazing kalvos.org over here.
Oh, and since this is a blog, I guess I should tell you that I have a pink plastic fish on my desk, I'm drinking Hamilton water, and one of my shoes is being chewed by the dog.